Castles and Cathedrals

We’re in Cologne today, after spending some time in Poland and before heading to Duesseldorf for our flight back to the States. We got in earlier this morning, toured the famous cathedral, ate lunch, and went on a short river cruise – all before checking into our apartment! We got to try out the automat to check our luggage at the train station, and I have to say it was quite convenient.

All that said, we are definitely looking forward to getting back to the States (my mom caved in and got Dunkin Donuts coffee today). We have had a great time and enjoyed nearly every minute of our trip, but the city-hopping got a little tiring near the end, and we will be glad to see our families. But we are 100% happy that we made this trip, and wouldn’t change any of it for any reason!
20130709-162422.jpg Cathedral in Cologne

20130709-163315.jpg Old Fortifications in Warsaw

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6 replies

  1. I’ve enjoyed reading about your adventures! I’ve always loved the saying, “I need a vacation from my vacation” because it’s so true. I live abroad and have experienced living away from the U.S. for a few years now, so whenever I travel to another country for vacation, I love exploring, but I also make relaxing a priority.

  2. Jen, we have an Eastern Europe trip planned for Sept-Oct, and we’re going to Poland (And Ukraine, Slovakia, and Hungary). We’re visiting Wroclaw and Krakow. Did you visit either, and if so, any tips? Thanks. ~James

    • We did visit both. I recommend spending more time in Krakow, as there is more to do and see in the city and nearby (salt mine, auschwitz, etc). Wroclaw was beautiful, but we didn’t spend much time there due to a flight change. We did have a great apartment though (Airbnb) – right in the main square itself. I am sorting through my pictures (and thoughts) from the trip now, I hope to begin posting later this week!

      • Thanks for the quick response Jen. From our research, we had the same feeling, so we’re spending 5 nights in WRO and 6 nights in KRK. We have apts in both. Also, we’ll do some daytripping from both places. BTW, we have mixed feelings about Auschwitz. We saw lots of Nazi handiwork when we lived in Berlin. How was Auschwitz?

        • We did a guided tour, and it included Auschwitz and Berkenau. We did the smaller of the two first, which was much more personal (ie you could imagine the tragedy on an individual level) followed by the larger camp, where it was impossible to comprehend the tragedy on such a large scale. I was hesitant to visit at first, but I’m glad I did. It helped that it was a sunny blue sky that day, I think it would have been too overwhelming on a dreary day.

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